Hi!! I have the perfect Easter brunch idea for you today that’s super fun for entertaining. This fresh fruit board with a blend of ricotta and Greek yogurt keeps things easy and gets everyone involved in the process so that no one’s left out. And if you have a really big board to present everything on, it can double as a centerpiece for the table…win-win all the way around!
Are you all ready for Easter? Or are you flying by the seat of your pants like I am? Because I went to Target yesterday for new toothbrushes for the kids, and some random odds and ends, and as I passed all those aisles of Easter paraphernalia I thought to myself, I don’t even know where their Easter baskets are. Probably SOMEWHERE in the basement, behind boxes and boxes of god knows what anymore. Or possibly IN those said boxes. I’m sure I’ll find them, but if I don’t, I’ll definitely be getting inventive…
When I was a child, Easter was about getting dressed up all fancy for church with our dresses and hats and gloves, and then heading out as a family for brunch before going home to a big neighborhood egg hunt and party. We got chocolates and jelly beans and Cadbury eggs in our baskets from the bunny and we were happy as clams. In fact, searching through the straw grass in the bottom of my basket for the very last jelly beans is a visceral memory I’ll never forget…
For some reason yesterday in Target I looked around and thought whoa, what happened? Why does it seem like I’m supposed to be buying my kids a smaller version of Christmas for Easter? It can be confusing as a parent to see all of these ideas for surprising my kids with the ‘perfect’ gift for spring, when in my heart of hearts I just want to keep it simple. I want them to appreciate the little things, and not expect ‘stuff’ every time there’s a reason to celebrate. And I feel like they do appreciate and value the important things, but it’s hard sometimes when everywhere we turn there’s an over saturation of shiny new things right before our eyes. I haven’t even started to think about what treats I’ll put in their baskets (or whatever I come up with if I can’t find them), but I do know that I’m going to hold true to keeping it simple and focusing on the day’s celebration with an egg hunt and nice family meal.
Speaking of keeping it simple…
This fresh fruit board is quite possibly as simple as you can get when it comes to brunch for a crowd. Just cut up the fruit, mix up the ricotta with the yogurt, set it out with the granola and honey and you’re good to go!
If you’ve never had a blend of yogurt and ricotta before, you’re in for a treat. The texture is velvety and the flavor is ever so slightly richer than either on it’s own, and when you add in the honey it’s just divine. Wildflower honey isn’t so different in taste than regular honey. It’s usually just a little bit darker in color and a little bit bolder in flavor. And if you can find it local to you, even better to help fight those local allergens native to your area. If not, regular honey will completely do the trick. And the fruits I used are just a suggestion…you can obviously use whatever ones strike your fancy. I just couldn’t help myself with all of these colors at the store the other day, so they all came home with me and onto this board. I probably need someone to hold my hand at the store, I know this….
Fresh Fruit Board with Ricotta Blend, Granola, and Wildflower Honey
- 3 cups plain Greek yogurt
- 2 cups ricotta cheese
- 2/3 cup wildflower honey (or regular honey)
- 3 cups honey granola
- 10 cups assorted berries and sliced fruit (I used raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, mango, papaya, kiwi, plums, peaches, oranges)
- Wash or rinse all fruits and slice ones that are whole. Set out on a large board for guests to choose from.
- In a large bowl, stir to combine the Greek yogurt and ricotta, then use a spatula to pour it into a medium sized serving bowl. Set out alongside the granola and honey for guests to add to their fruit bowl. ENJOY!!
- The ingredient measurements are based on 10 guests each making a serving that includes 1 cup fruit, 1/2 cup ricotta blend, 1 tablespoon honey, and 1/3 cup granola. You can certainly adjust as needed for more or less depending on your crowd!